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Sharks fans must hope for the best
Team is not expected to contend anytime soon
10/10/23 - By Paul Krill

Well, ESPN's pre-season Power Rankings have the Sharks as big winners this season, sort of. Specifically, the Sharks are ranked 32nd - as in, dead last, making them strong candidates to win the 2024 Draft Lottery.

Yes, we know Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson is gone, along with Timo Meier. Somehow, however, I don't think things will be as bad as predicted. OK, maybe players like Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Logan Couture are getting on in years and our goaltender tandem of Mackenzie Blackwood and Kaapo Kähkönen won't strike fear in the hearts of other teams. But the Sharks still have veterans like Tomas Hertl and Mario Ferraro and newbies like William Eklund and Thomas Bordeleau. They might surprise us all.

We are officially rebuilding and the Sharks better days hopefully are ahead of them, when players like Will Smith, Quentin Musty, and Shakir Mukhamadullin arrive in coming years. For now, not much is expected of the Sharks, except a fifth consecutive season out of the playoffs. We've had no playoffs at all this decade. Tough to deal with when the Sharks used to make them every year, despite never skating away with the Big Trophy.

There's not much left for Sharks fans to do but cheer on the team. To me, the franchise's biggest concern has to be the frightening drop in attendance. Once known for sellouts, the Sharks are becoming more synonymous with empty seats. Not good.

So as the new season begins, let's support our team when they win and when they don't. All we can do is hope for the best.

Contact Paul at at paulkrill@letsgosharks.com


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